Jack Lail, the managing edior of multimedia for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, remembers another Rukeyser — Louis’ father Merryle — in his blog. Merryle Rukeyser was a long-time business newspaper columnist.
Lail interviewed the older Rukeyser in 1988, just months before his death. He wrote, “You could see a lot of the Rukeyser’s trademark TV personality in the dad, tough independent thinker.
“He told me anecdotes from his newspapering days and gave me some advice on understanding economic news.
“He was fascinating. Listening to him speak, I could see how its accent and style of speaking and even his wit were reflected in how I had heard and seen Louis Rukeyser speak for many years on PBS.
“He was a powerhouse business and economics journalist. In this day and time of round-the-clock business news, I’m sure he would have as much of a household name as his most famous son.”
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